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Tatum, Washington lead Columbus State women past Fort Valley State

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Carrie Washington had a double-double with 14 points and 23 rebounds as Columbus State beat Fort Valley State 77-68 on Thursday night at the HPE Complex.

Brittany Tatum led the Lady Cougars in scoring with 16 points.

Brea Walker added 12 and Dee Dee Deshazer had 10.

CSU, which led 35-31 at the half, pulled away early in the second half with a 14-6 run to open up a 12-point lead, 49-37.

CSU eventually built its largest lead -- 13 points, 67-54 -- with 4:57 remaining on Deshazer 3-pointer.

But the Wildcats refused to go away, scoring nine straight points to climb back to within four, 67-63 at the 3:31 mark.

Tatum took over from there and scored seven straight points as CSU increased its lead to 11, 74-63, with just 38 seconds left in the game.

Brittnee Hazel led FVSU with 16 points.

CSU (3-0) plays its home-opener at the Lumpkin Center on Nov. 25 against Tuskegee.

The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

CSU will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Cougars for Causes holiday drives.

Columbus State (77)

Deshazer 3-13 3-4 10, Cochran 2-2 0-0 5, Morrow 0-5 0-0 0, Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Tatum 4-7 7-13 16, Mitchell 3-13 0-0 7, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 4-12 0-0 12, Asouzu 3-8 2-2 8, Woods 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 6-10 2-4 14. Totals 27-74 14-23 77.

Fort Valley State (68)

Thomas 2-6 0-0 4, High 1-5 0-0 3, Dawson 3-15 2-3 8, Harris 1-6 0-0 2, Hazel 7-12 2-3 16, Wilson 1-3 0-0 2, Baker 3-4 2-3 8, Dugger 0-1 1-2 1, Williams 0-2 2-3 2, Montgomery 3-3 1-1 7, Jefferson 4-10 2-2 14, Caldwell 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 25-68 13-19 68.

Halftime Columbus State 35-31. 3-point field goals Columbus State: DeShazer 1-10, Cochran 1-1, Morrow 0-3, Johnson 1-3, Tatum 1-2, Mitchell 1-2, Walker 4-11, Asouzu 0-1. Fort Valley State: Thomas 0-1, High 1-3, Dawson 0-4, Wilson 0-1, Jefferson 4-9. Rebounds Columbus State: DeShazer 1, Cochran 1, Morrow 4, Tatum 3, Mitchell 5, Henry 1, Walker 2, Asouzu 4, Woods 2, Washington 23. Fort Valley State: Thomas 4, High 5, Dawson 6, Harris 4, Hazel 4, Wilson 1, Baker 1, Williams 7, Montgomery 4, Jefferson 1, Westpoint 1, Caldwell 4. Assists Columbus State: Morrow 4, Tatum 5, Mitchell 1, Washington 2. Fort Valley State: Thomas 2, High 1, Dawson 4, Hazel 1, Wilson 3, Baker 1, Williams 1, Jefferson 2.

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